June 2, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

John Knox Blair

Liberal

Mr. BLAIR:

If this is to keep up I suggest to the government that they impose closure. That was done before by Right Hon. R. B. Bennett when the circumstances were not quite the same. I urge upon the government that it adopt some means of removing this bane of democracy. Talking incessantly is one of the things that destroys democracy. Some toleration should be extended; we all believe in freedom of speech, but this excessive speech-making takes up the time of the house and wastes the money of the country. I am sure it is the opinion of 90 per cent of the members of this house that this action should be taken.

War Appropriation-War Services
While I am on my feet I should like to suggest to the committee one way by which some of this money might be obtained. The federal government should suggest to the provincial governments that they do away with the traffic in liquor. Two hundred million dollars in the form of planes and guns for the front would do more good than it does the way it is spent now, especially in the beer parlours for the ladies. I know this is not under your jurisdiction, but if the provinces are not ready to abolish this traffic, the federal government has it in its power to abolish liquor completely.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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